Verbs Exercise (362)
Replace the verbs in parentheses with the verb's correct tense. Be sure to remove the parentheses before submitting your answers.
Answers and Explanations
Original: When the fire broke out, my neighbor (watch) a detective movie on television.
Correct : When the fire broke out, my neighbor was watching a detective movie on television.
Use the past continuous to express an action that was interrupted by another action in the past.
Original: Although Mr. Abrahams lives in an apartment now, he (grow) vegetables every summer.
Correct : Although Mr. Abrahams lives in an apartment now, he grows vegetables every summer.
Use the simple present for conditions that remain the same over time.
Original: This summer he (grow) tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
Correct : This summer he is growing tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
Use the present continuous for a temporary action happening in the present.
Original: Jackson says that if the campaign manager runs one more negative ad, he (demand) his resignation.
Correct : Jackson says that if the campaign manager runs one more negative ad, he will demand his resignation.
Use future tense in the main clause when the "if clause" refers to something that could happen.
Original: If you (study), you would have passed the exam.
Correct : If you had studied, you would have passed the exam.
When the main clause refers to something that could have happened but didn’t, use the past perfect in the "if clause."